In the past, having crowded or crooked teeth meant a choice between sticking with your uneven smile or potentially spending years wearing metal wires in your mouth. Today, you have the option of straightening your teeth without anyone ever noticing thanks to the revolutionary cosmetic and restorative treatment offered by Isla Dental, Invisalign.
Invisalign accomplishes the same thing as traditional metal braces - straightening teeth to improve both the health and aesthetics of your smile. The difference is that instead of being made from metal, Invisalign consists of removable and transparent plastic aligners, or trays, that are created using impressions made from the interior of your mouth. These aligners slowly shift your teeth to the correct positions. Instead of coming in for frequent adjustments to your braces, you will receive a set of aligners that you swap out after a period of time.
How Can Invisalign Help You?
Invisalign is meant to help professional and young adults correct teeth that are mildly to moderately uneven, crowded, asymmetrical, awkward spaced, or otherwise not where they should be for the perfect smile. The clear aligners fit perfectly over your teeth with no gaps, so that when you smile people do not see bulky plastic covering your teeth, let alone unsightly wires and brackets. Aesthetics are not the only advantage - because the aligners are removable, you can continue to eat all of your favorite meals, as well as brush and floss like normal. Invisalign can even take less time than braces, though exact treatment time will vary from patient to patient.
Is Invisalign Right for You?
While Invisalign is a great choice for many patients, the truth is that not everyone is a good fit. Many people can still benefit from traditional metal braces or other orthodontic treatment. If you have severe alignment issues, then Invisalign may also not be the right choice for you. Metal braces can exert more pressure than plastic aligners, meaning that Invisalign are not sufficient to correct advanced problems. Invisalign is also a premium orthodontic treatment - compared to braces, Invisalign is more expensive and is not always covered by dental insurers.
We recommend traditional braces for younger patients, especially those in their early teens and below. Because Invisalign trays can be removed, it can be tempting to leave them out for long stretches. Unfortunately, Invisalign need to be worn nearly all the time and removed only for eating and brushing. Younger patients may struggle with keeping their trays in for the required amount of time. Keeping Invisalign clean can also be a challenge for younger patients. The trays must be cleaned every single day to prevent bits of food and other debris from getting stuck on the insides. If not careful, this can trigger a build-up of plaque on the teeth themselves.
Invisalign: The Invisible Braces
If you are a professional or a young adult who wants to keep your smile while still fixing your teeth, the only way to do it is with Invisalign. If you want to experience this revolutionary treatment offered by Isla Dental, call (469) 923-0448 to make an appointment.